Sunday, April 8, 2012

Snacks

As I type, I'm sitting on the porch. I hear buzzing. It's not the neighbor's gardener, not this time. It's bees.

Maybe they're feeding on the rosemary, or having their way with the night-blooming jasmine. I'm not going to look. I'm going to leave them bee. I'm not going to touch their blooming victuals. All I ask is that they grant me the same courtesy and leave my cookie alone.

Happy spring. I hope the day is just as filling where you are.

19 comments:

John Sandel said...

I give Bees all As, C?

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Gorgeous butterfly bush!... I've had bees in my yard too.. Have u spotted any monarchs?

Susan Campisi said...

Bees are the bomb! They love the lavender outside my front door, and I love them. I hope they don't disappear from the planet anytime soon.

Petrea Burchard said...

J, R-R-R.

Kalei, is that what this plant is called? I don't know what it is. It resembles lavender but the blooms are smaller and more compact. But yes, the butterflies like it, too.
I did see a monarch the other day at Hahamongna but couldn't catch it.

I'm with you, Susan. I'm happy when I see them, and want to plant things in my yard to interest them. They love the clementine tree, and another unidentified bush we have out back.

Anonymous said...

It looks like lilac....

We do have them here. A special area at Descanso Gardens is devoted to them - and my neighbor has a lovely one next to our driveway that I nursed back to life years ago when a previous neighbor cut it to the ground. The color and fragrance are heavenly.

Happy Easter, everyone...
Betsy

Anonymous said...

Just took another look at your lovely photo. Flower clusters are much too small for lilacs!

It could be ceanothus, which is in the lilac family.

Lovely....

Betsy

Anonymous said...

Sorry to post more than once, but the post where I mentioned it might be lilac has disappeared, which makes my last post look a bit strange.

A second look told me the flower clusters were too small for lilacs.

But once again, Happy Easter to all...
Betsy

Latino Heritage said...

Beautiful definition.
I think this is a ceanothus. It's California lilac. They come in several varieties and are wonderfully drought tolerant. They can be as short as a couple of feet to almost tree tall.

jmgrimes said...

Looks like ceanothus to me, which has the common name California Lilac. They do smell a little like lilacs, which is s good thing. Nice picture!

Kalei's Best Friend said...

@jm: I think u r right... the leaves on a butterfly bush is like a mexican sage leaf... pretty close... anyway Petrea its gorgeous...
http://www.rainyside.com/features/pest_watch/Pest_ButterflyBush.html

Petrea Burchard said...

Betsy, I found your lilac comment in the spam box. I have no idea why it went there. So I marked it as "not spam" and here it is. I think your ceanothus guess is correct. Looks like others agree.

TheChieftess said...

I was going to wow you all with ceanothus but Anonymous Betsy beat me to it!!!

altadenahiker said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty

Deb said...

Bees are the best, always delighted when they spend time in the garden. Spent today in Bodnant garden in North Wales, it is full of camellias, azaleas and huge magolias, a beautiful spring garden.

Petrea Burchard said...

Obviously I know as much about plants as

Well, there I stopped. Not much.

Deb, you're making me wistful for travel.

Ms M said...

Lovely photo! I love hearing the gentle hum of bees as they are "working" the flowers.

Happy Spring to you, too, Petrea!

Linda said...

Bees I love, but wasps are a different matter. Thankfully ours don't appear until late summer.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, Ms. M!

Linda, I'm in full agreement about the wasps. Not my favorites.

Irina said...

Now I want a spoon of honey..